The best and worst things about Minnesota [GRAPHIC]
It seems like there's another "city superlative list" every week (the latest making the odd claim that we're the "13th most lesbianish"), so we decided to try to put them all together into one comparative infographic.
These studies are popular with readers, hence their proliferation. Many of them were one-time studies. Some corroborate each other, as with Forbes' assertion that we are the most relaxed metropolitan area, while Portfolio.com asserts that the Twin Cities are the 3rd least stressful.
This graphic arranges our local ratings by organizing them into "bad" and "good" categories, and showing the categories in which we rank highest (or just so-so). Long yellow and short red bars are good things. Being 2nd among 50 states is different than being 2nd of 100 cities, so the rankings were compared using a percentile number instead of the numeric rank.
Most of these studies were conducted since 2006, and some statistics were added based upon census data.
It's good to be these:
Things that are bad to be (but in some cases, we're not so bad):
STP Least sad city in America (Men's Health) • 8th, Minneapolis 14th
Some fun sites that graph national statistics:
Statemaster.com: Charts all sorts of data across states.
USA Life Expectancy: Sexy animated graphs
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